Hoping to capitalize on the enormous popularity of the dating show The Bachelor, ABC has ordered up a new series set to debut this summer. The new show, called Bachelor Pad, will feature all-star cast members of ABC hits The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.
On Bachelor Pad, twenty former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants will shack up in a house, compete in competitions and vote in weekly evictions. Because it’s The Bachelor, the competitions will likely be more Big Brother style than Survivor. But unlike other Bachelor-related shows, this show is not about love, it’s for money. The winner of Bachelor Pad will walk away not with a rose but instead with a fat cash prize.
Martin Hilton will be the executive producer for Bachelor Pad and the ever-so-reliable Chris Harrison will be on board to emcee the new show. So far, the show’s IMDB page only lists Harrison as part of the cast, with Hilton as the executive producer.
The remainder of the casting for Bachelor Pad has not yet been announced, but fans on message boards like Fans of Reality TV are hoping to see some of the most popular faces, like Deanna Pappas’ ex, snowboarder Jesse Csincsak. Reid Rosenthal, who many fans hoped would be this season’s Bachelor, is another person on many fan’s wish lists, as is Kiptyn Locke and Jeremy Anderson.
Hilton told The Hollywood Reporter that some top contestants and former winners have already signed on to the new show. That means that virtually any one from the 14 seasons of The Bachelor and 5 seasons of The Bachelorette could be on the cast of the new show.
One former Bachelorette who most likely will not appear on Bachelor Pad? Trista Sutter. While she’s a huge fan of reality TV, she’s also a mother of two young children so it’s doubtful she’d leave to do a show like this. However, Sutter recently Twittered: “lots have asked my thoughts on Bachelor Pad…the new spinoff…Brilliant! I’m a huge Big Brother & Bach fan & it basically a combo. Love!”
So you never know….
According to The Hollywood Reporter, 7 episodes of Bachelor Pad are slated to air this summer, possibly after the finale to season 6 of The Bachelorette. The identity of the Season 6 Bachelorette has not yet been announced, but, if history repeats itself (which it often does in this franchise) it could possibly be one of the rejected ladies from the current Bachelor: On the Wings of Love.